ORLANDO, FL – July 1, 2017 – Attorney Mayanne Downs, president and managing director of GrayRobinson, has been named fourth most powerful person in Orlando by Orlando Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful People 2017” list. This is the Magazine’s 14th annual ‘50 Most Powerful’ List. The list encompasses citizens of Orlando who “educate our children, protect our communities, decide how our tax dollars will be spent and entertain us in areas ranging from sports to the arts” and includes government leaders, business and tourism leaders, community activists, business owners, legal minds, philanthropists and educators.
“The influence of Downs, one of Mayor Buddy Dyer’s top advisers and the city attorney since 2007, continued to grow over the past year,” as stated by Orlando Magazine. She has been a powerful figure in the Central Florida business community for over 35 years and has practiced law for 25 years. Her practice areas include commercial litigation, appellate law and high-stakes domestic matters. She has served as city attorney of Orlando since 2007, overseeing 25 lawyers and providing counsel to the mayor and city commission. She is also past president of The Florida Bar (2010-2011), a mandatory bar of more than 100,000 lawyers.
Downs has been recognized by Orlando Magazine in the 50 Most Powerful list since 2012, each year increasing in rank. She has also been featured in the Magazine’s Best Lawyers and has been named to Florida Trend's "Legal Elite Hall of Fame"; Florida Super Lawyers; Martindale-Hubbell; and Best Lawyers in America.